In his indictment dated August 9, 1996, the Prosecutor of the ICTR charges André Ntagerura with 6 counts:
genocide, conspirancy to commit genocide, complicity in genocide, crimes against Humanity, and violations of Article 3 common to the Geneva Conventions and of Additional Protocol II.
In the above indictment it is said that: « André Ntagerura is believed to have been born in 1950 in Karengera commune, Cyangugu prefecture, in the Republic of Rwanda » … « At the time of the events referred in this indictement, he was the Minister of Transport and Communciations of the Republic of Rwanda ».
« During 1994, and especially between February and March 1994, André Ntagerura allowed and/or authorized the use of government vehicles, specifically buses, for the transport of the Interahamwe militia, as well as for the transport of arms and ammunition to and throughout Cyangugu prefecture and elsewhere ». « During the period referred in this indictement, there were in Rwanda widespread and/ or systematic attacks directed against a civilian population on political, ethnic or racial grounds.
André Ntagerura was arrested in the territory of the Republic of Cameroon by the Cameroonian authorities. The accused was transferred to the ICTR Detention Unit, located in Arusha, on 23 January 1997.
During the initial appearence, on 20 February 1997, Andre Ntagerura pleaded not guilty.